Yoga, Tae Bo, Pilates, Weights, Jogging, running, walking, swimming, the list is a lengthy one but what’s deemed ‘the best’ form of exercise is truly up to the individual. People approach physical fitness for a variety reasons, but let’s be real here: Feeling good and looking good can, at times, be damn near the same thing. So let’ do a quick fitness overview, shall we? The three main components of exercise are:

1. Strength training develops and tones muscles involving repetitive exercises using free weights, equipment or resistance from your own body weight.

2. Aerobics, aka, cardio respiratory conditioning  is any form of exercise that increases your heart rate and breathing for an extended period. The harder you work, the more calories you burn. Heart-pulsing activities are vast, range from walking, swimming, dancing, or good old-fashioned high-intensity interval training.

3. Flexibility training increases balance, muscle resilience as well as the range of motion for your joints – which is thought to reduce the risk of injury.  Examples include tai chi, yoga and basic stretching.

Overall wellness is key, but many of us have our “problem” areas we wish to make unproblematic. A balanced diet (in moderation), the right form of exercise and unrelenting determination are the ingredients necessary to shape – or reshape  – our beloved physiques. For those of you out there who sweat it out on a regular basis, what’s your favorite form of exercise? And for those of you who don’t (no judgment , trust!) what do you suspect would be your pick?

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  • KC

    Step aerobics.

  • Me27

    Cardio for me. I’m that girl who goes straight to the ellitical when i’m in the gym. I also enjoy aerobics…Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred has become one of my favorite aerobic/exercise videos.

  • Timcampi

    It’s all about dem AB WORKOUTS. Planks, crunches, everything. I love it.

  • BeautyIAM

    I would have to say strength training. I loved the results I started to get. I would love to see more women doing strength training and not only lifting that 10 lb dumbbell and acting like you are working out a sweat. I know this wasn’t asked, but I loath cardio, but I know it is a good think to do for an over all work out.

    • JWestC

      Dang, why you have to call a sistah out – lol!! We all gotta start somewhere. Can’t start out with the 10 plus pounds from the start! I have to laugh though because I’ve been on the 5 pounders for a minute now, and it is time I step it up a few notches…

  • Alexandra

    Pilates is my thing right now. That’s how I’ve been keeping my arms/abs toned.
    And I enjoy doing Jillian’s dvd’s.